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Jeremy Renner

Even knowing the premise, this is not what I was expecting. That’s a good sign…

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JEREMY RENNER and RACHEL WEISZ star in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: "The Bourne Legacy".  Writer/director Tony Gilroy expands the "Bourne" universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.

Between its excellent cast and a unique way to add to the Bourne series, The Bourne Legacy both brings new depth to the original trilogy and adds new intrigues to the mix.

The shadow of Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne haunts the proceedings in The Bourne Legacy as co-writer/director Tony Gilroy reveals that Treadstone, the clandestine operation that created Bourne, was just the tip of the iceberg.

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Grade: A-

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Meet Aaron Cross – there was never just one!

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avengers-team

The Avengers is ridiculously entertaining. It’s pretty much a perfect summer movie.

The movie’s tone is perfect Marvel; the characters are completely true to their previous movies; the balance of wit, charm, intelligence, drama and poignancy is lovely, and both the tease for The Avengers 2 and the tag following the end credits are amazing. Even the 3D is effective – though it only really gets to shine in the last act.

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Grade: A+

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Spiffy, eh?

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Mission_Impossible_Ghost_Protocol review

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Grade: A+

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL

Brad Bird is best known for genre stretching animated films – Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille – so it makes perfect sense that he would bring the same panache and wit to his live-action debut. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the best film in the series because it cuts all the unnecessary chitchat and focuses on the action, the cool toys and a truly whimsical sense of humor.

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Grade: A+

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